CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 6:39 P.M.

Adjourned: 9:54 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

City Manager
Edward M. Augustus, Jr.

City Auditor
Robert V. Stearns

Councilors

Morris A. Bergman Donna M. Colorio
Khrystian E. King Candy Mero-Carlson
Sarai Rivera Sean M. Rose City Clerk
Nikolin Vangjeli
Gary Rosen George J. Russell
Kathleen M. Toomey Matthew E. Wally
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

2.

STAR SPANGLED BANNER

3.

ROLL CALL - All present with the Mayor as the Chair, except for Councilor Rivera.

4.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

4a.

MOMENT OF SILENCE in memory of Zacarias Ortiz Hernandez, son of Councilor Sarai Rivera, who passed away on December 25, 2020 at the age of 24.

 

4b.

Mayor Petty read a Proclamation declaring January, 2021 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month in the City of Worcester. Mayor Petty virtually recognized Nicole Bell to accept the Proclamation.

 

5.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

5a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council Meeting of December 15, 2020.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 

6.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

6a.

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized the following speakers: 1. Benjamin Desjarlais, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #7a CC 2. Bobby Hazleton, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.8A CM 3. Suzanne Burke, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.8A CM 4. William O’Connell, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.8A CM 5. Eva Johnson, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #7a CC 6. Sheila Brown, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.8A CM 7. Susan Swanson, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #16b CC 8. Nick Saucier, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #11j CC 9. Dan Arnold, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #7a CC 10. James Scott, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #16b CC 11. John Cove, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.8A CM 12. John True, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.8A CM 13. Malt Schlitzmann, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #16b CC 14. Meighan Sharry, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.8A CM 15. Ruth Seward, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.8A CM 16. Khoa Kennedy, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.8A CM 17. Nellie Medina, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #16b CC

 

7.

RECESS TO EXECUTIVE SESSION

7a.

ORDER - That the City Council convene in Executive Session at the Tuesday, January 5, 2021 meeting for the purpose of discussing strategy with respect to contract negotiations with I.B.P.O. Local 504, Worcester Police Officials. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty December 15, 2020)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 

8.

PETITIONS - a Petitioner may speak up to three (3) minutes the first time their petition appears on an agenda

8a.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request Ayrshire Rd. be repaved.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to refer items #8a CC and #8b CC collectively to Public Works Committee. Referred to Public Works Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 

8b.

Councilor Sean M. Rose request sidewalk repair on Summerhill Ave. from Claffey Ave. to Leeds St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #8a CC)

 

8c.

Marissa Allen et al. request installation of a "Dead End" and children advisory signage at the beginning of Benjamin Rd.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to refer items #8c CC through #8k CC collectively to Traffic and Parking Committee. Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 

8d.

Marissa Allen et. al request installation of signage alerting motorists of a hearing impaired child at 6 Benjamin Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #8c CC)

 

8e.

Carl Almonor request installation of resident permit parking on Patch St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #8c CC)

 

8f.

Carl Almonor request installation of "Do No Block Driveway" signage in front of 1 Patch St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #8c CC)

 

8g.

Councilor George J. Russell on behalf of Kristen Morgan request installation of a “Dead End” sign prior to the entrance of Pine Hill Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #8c CC)

 

8h.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally on behalf of Cathy DeCaire request a traffic study be conducted at the intersection of Beatrice Dr. and Goddard Memorial Dr. that evaluates the appropriateness of installing traffic lights at the intersection.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #8c CC)

 

8i.

Toby Reiter and Alexander Lichtenberg request installation of a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Austin St. and Oxford St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #8c CC)

 

8j.

Lola Brown request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 121 1/2 Eastern Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #8c CC)

 

8k.

Glenn Trombly et. al request installation of a two (2) ton weight restriction on Victor Ave. and Stearns St. which connect together, that includes signage indicating such at their entrances from Main St. and Stafford St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #8c CC)

 

8l.

NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: THORNDYKE ROAD and BEVERLY ROAD

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively set hearings for items #8l CC and #8m CC on January 12, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Hearing set for December 1, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 

8m.

NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: LAMARTINE ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for December 1, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #8l CC)

 

9.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

9.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of Natalie Turner to the Parks Commission with a term to expire on April 30, 2023.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to place the item on file. Placed on file on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of Guillermo Creamer to the Human Rights Commission with a term to expire on April 30, 2023.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to place the item on file. Placed on file on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 
 

9.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
A.

Recommend the appointment of James Delage to the Accessibility Advisory Commission for a term to expire on May 31, 2024.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to confirm the appointment. Confirmed on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 
B.

Recommend the appointment of Holly Jones to the Conservation Commission with a term to expire on September 30, 2023.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to confirm the appointment. Confirmed on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 
 

9.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
 

9.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 

9.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
 

9.6

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Engineering and Architectural Services Division
 

9.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
 

9.8

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Parks Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Duffy Field Master Plan.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized the City Manager, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose and Councilor Colorio, who both spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by the City Manager. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Mayor Petty moved to, “Request City Manager begin the process of bringing together a small group of neighborhood representatives, as well as city staff and its representatives, to work with the city’s contractor, Berkshire Design Group, to identify potential improvements to Duffy Field. “ (See Item #19a CC). Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to place the item on file. Placed on file on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 
 

9.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Fire Department staffing, training and the next recruit academy.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Toomey, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager and the Fire Chief, who both responded to questions raised by Councilor Toomey. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager and the Fire Chief, who both responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager and the Fire Chief, who both responded to questions raised by Councilor Bergman. Councilor Bergman then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning any accommodations that could be made for individuals who previously took the Fire Department’s Civil Service test due to there not being a fire class in the next year.” (See Item #19e CC). Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to refer the item to Public Safety Committee. Referred to Public Safety Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 
 

9.10

POLICE DEPARTMENT
 

9.11

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
 

9.12

LICENSE COMMISSION
 

9.13

LAW DEPARTMENT
 

9.14

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Administration
 

9.15

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Building and Zoning Division
 

9.16

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Housing and Health Inspections Division
 

9.17

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Public Health
 

9.18

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Elder Affairs
 

9.19

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Human Rights and Accessibility
 

9.20

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Veterans Services
 

9.21

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Youth Services
 

9.22

WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
 

9.23

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANANGER
Cultural Development Division
 

9.24

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Election Commission Division
 

9.25

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Office of Urban Innovation
 

9.26

PUBLIC SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
 

9.27

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Assessing Division
 

9.28

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Budget Office Division
 

9.29

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Energy and Asset Management
 

9.30

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Purchasing Division
 

9.31

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Treasury and Collections Division
 

9.32

DEPARTMENT OF TECHNICAL SERVICES
 

9.33

FINANCE ITEMS
Capital Transfers
 

9.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
 

9.35

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
A.

Recommend that Ten Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($10,000.00) be transferred from Account #110-92000, EAM Ordinary Maintenance, and be appropriated to Account #110-97000, EAM Overtime.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with items #9.35B CM, #9.36A CM and #9.36B CM, as well as #9.38A CM. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the Assistant City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Russell. Mayor Petty move for a roll call vote to adopt the items. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 
B.

Recommend that Seventy Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($75,000.00) be transferred from Account #900-92000 City Managers Contingency, and be appropriated to Account #110-93000, EAM Building Rehab.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #9.35A CM)

 
 

9.36

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
A.

Recommend that One Hundred Seventy One Dollars And Forty Six Cents ($171.46) be authorized from Account #04S61601-92112, Cable Services Ordinary Maintenance, to pay a prior year invoice.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #9.35A CM)

 
B.

Recommend that Nine Thousand Five Hundred Thirty Three Dollars And Twenty Five Cents ($9,533.25) be authorized from the Fiscal Year 2021 Election Ordinary Maintenance Account#150-92000, to provide additional funds for a prior year invoice.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #9.35A CM)

 
 

9.37

FINANCE
Loan Orders
 

9.38

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
A.

Recommend approval of UMass Memorial Contract for EMS Services and Lease Agreement for 100 Providence Street effective January 1, 2021.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #9.35A CM)

 
10.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

10a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report containing information relative to an assessment of parking issues at the intersection of Willow St. and Lovell St., as well as an evaluation of the police enforcement concerning on-street parking on Willow St. near said intersection.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to take items #10a CC through #10h CC collectively and to adopt the items. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 

10b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request Police Chief provide traffic enforcement on Gifford Dr. Further, request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report relative to the assessment of said enforcement.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #10a CC)

 

10c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks to provide City Council with a report concerning a traffic study at the intersection of Plantation St. and Franklin St.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #10a CC)

 

10d.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks to provide City Council with a report concerning a traffic study at the intersection of Whipple St. and Blackstone River Rd.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #10a CC)

 

10e.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Works and Park provide City Council with a report concerning a full traffic study at the intersection of Grove St. and Salisbury St.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #10a CC)

 

10f.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with a report concerning a traffic signage recommendation for the "One Way" portion of Walnut St.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #10a CC)

 

10g.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Works and Park provide City Council with a list of streets where vehicle weight restrictions are in place.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #10a CC)

 

10h.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON URBAN TECHNOLOGIES, INNOVATION AND ENVIRONMENT - Request City Clerk provide City Council with a report including a draft of social media policies and procedures for City Council, in the event that a Facebook page for the City Council is created, including information relative to best practices used in other communities.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #10a CC)

 

11.

ORDERS

11a.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with an update relative to the traffic study occurring on Chandler St. Further, request City Manager include in said update information relative to the ability to have a meeting where community members are allowed to give input on the traffic concerns in the area. (Rivera)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 

11b.

Request City Manager consider organizing a public meeting to discuss ways the city can help the business owners on Park Ave., who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. (Rivera, Wally)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Wally, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved to add Councilor King and himself as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 

11c.

Request City Manager request Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with a report as to any limitations (times and/or days) for public use of any sports fields at Beaver Brook Park. (Bergman)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 

11d.

Request City Manager confer with the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks and the Executive Director of the Worcester Housing Authority (“WHA”) as to: 1) what sports fields/ playground are located near WHA properties; 2) which WHA properties have the highest number of youths; and, 3) what factors are considered in yearly budget allocations for completing “Master Plans” for sports fields/playgrounds. (Bergman)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King and Councilor Rose, who both moved to add their names as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 

11e.

Request City Manager request Chief Development Officer amend and update the ‘Article X-Continuing Care Retirement Community’ section of the City of Worcester Zoning Ordinance in order to ensure clarity of its interpretation and to remove the bylaw’s current ambiguity. (Wally)

Attachments

Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the Councilor King, who answered questions raised by Councilor King. Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a copy of the current “Article X – Continuing Care Retirement Community” section of the City of Worcester Zoning Ordinance. (See Item #19f CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Councilor Bergman then moved to, “Request City Manager work with the Planning Board to provide City Council with a report concerning any existing issues arising at continuing care centers as it relates to the Article X – Continuing Care Retirement Communities section of the Worcester Zoning Ordinance.” (See Item #19g CC). Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 

11f.

Request City Manager provide City Council with an update concerning a previously adopted order relative to installing a camera at Duffy Field for the purpose of monitoring illegal dumping in the park. (Colorio)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Colorio. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to place the item on file. Placed on file on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 

11g.

Request City Manager provide City Council with information as to how temporary curbside food pickup can be provided for Lucky’s Cafe, located at 102 ½ Grove St. (Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 

11h.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report relative to whether any CARES Act funding can be provided to the city’s food banks due to the issues surrounding food insecurity during COVID-19. (Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved to add the entire City Council as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 

11i.

Request City Manager convert the meters in front of the 100 Grove Street property from coin-operated to be able to also take credit cards. (Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Colorio, Rivera absent).

 

11j.

Request City Manager work with the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks to explore a location for a potential BMX/Motocross track in the city. (Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved to add the entire City Council as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 

11k.

Request City Manager provide City Council with an update on the property of 342 West Boylston St. (D'Angelo's). (Rose, Wally, Toomey)

Attachments

Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 

11l.

Request City Manager consider exploring funding for another round of the Worcester Cares for Kids training program, using the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Red Cross curricula, to certify local kids ages 11–14 to provide childcare for their little brothers and sisters. (Rose, Wally, Toomey)

Attachments

Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent).

 

12.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY CLERK

12a.

Transmitting an information communication relative to previous City Council items concerning Hillside Beach and the Columbus Park East-West Trail and wetland projects.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who moved to recuse herself from the item and did not participate in the discussion of the item. Mayor Petty moved to take the item up with #16b CC. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Wally. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the language used in both park grants, as well as land and water grants relative to Lakeside Apartment, including information relative to the property’s involvement in funding for said grants.” (See Item #19b CC). Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether or not the Coes Reservoir – Columbus Park East-West Trail improvements can be completed while still maintaining access to Hillside Beach. Further, request City Manager include in said report mapping depicting the location and distance of the drop-off at Hillside Beach.” (See Item #19c CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the actions that would be required in order to make Hillside Beach a safe place for recreational water activities, including information relative to the costs associated with making those actions.” (See Item #19d CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rosen, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to place the item on file and refer item #16b CC to Veterans’ Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee. Placed on file on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (Mero-Carlson recused).

 

12b.

Transmitting an informational communication relative to previous City Council items concerning tax exemptions.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to refer the item to Municipal and Legislative Operations Committee. Referred to Municipal and Legislative Operations Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 

13.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD

13a.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Michael J. Grandone request Brightwood Ave. be renamed to Brightwood St., so as to avoid confusion with Blithewood Ave.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to refer the item to Public Works Committee. Referred to Public Works Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 

14.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING

14a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Keysha Delgado request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 33 Orient St.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively advertise proposed ordinances for items #14a CC through #14v CC. Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 

14b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Donna M. Colorio on behalf of Abby's House, located at 52 High St., request the fifteen (15) minute parking signage be changed to two (2) hour parking parking signage: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Thao Le request removal of the handicap parking space in front of 141 Cambridge St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Mary Maki on behalf of Jason A. Maki request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 9 Hartshorn Ave.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Marta Sanchez request installation of a handicap parking space in the vicinity of 42 Esther St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Donna M. Colorio on behalf of Ted Kostas request installation of a stop sign at the end of Pelham St. at its intersection with Russell St.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Donna M. Colorio and Councilor Matthew E. Wally on behalf of Judy Griffin request installation of a stop sign on Papineau St. at its intersection with Heard St.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14h.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson on behalf of Ron Hayes request installation of a passenger loading zone in front of Open Sky Group Home, located at 5 Sturgis St. (Amended on June 17, 2020 from installing resident permit parking at the location).: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14i.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Diane and William Kacavich request installation of a handicap parking space large enough for two vehicles in front of 1 Astrid Avenue: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14j.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Ellen and Laurence Micol request removal of the handicap parking space in front of 53 Plantation St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14k.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Steven Gallati request the handicap parking space located at 25 Shelby St. be removed: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14l.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Cristino Rivera and Alma Arias request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 5 Ashmont Ave: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14m.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Antigoni Kole request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 33 Dale St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14n.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Jennifer McGinty request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 24 William St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14o.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of James Wadlington et al. request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 1 Beaver St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14p.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor George J. Russell on behalf of Joanne Troiano request installation of a stop sign at the beginning of the entrance to Sunderland Rd. from Short St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14q.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Lisa and Robert Stake request installation of a stop sign on Quaker Rd. at its intersection with Foxmeadow Dr: recommend passage of the accompanying two (2) proposed Ordinances to install two stop signs, one facing northbound traffic and one facing westbound traffic on Quaker Rd.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14r.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Rhonda Miller request the handicap parking space in front of 27 Wawecus Rd. be removed: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14s.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Annabelle Rios Nater request handicap parking space be installed in front of 45 Sigel St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14t.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Yvonne Degboe request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 25 Canton St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14u.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Tammy Martin request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 89 Haven Ln: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14v.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Ramon Guerrero request installation of a handicap parking space across from 8 Strathmore Rd: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed Ordinances on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14a CC)

 

14w.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of John and Kristina Brand request installation of a crosswalk in the vicinity of Lou Roc's Diner, located at 1074 West Boylston St., or in the vicinity of 1105 West Boylston St: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively adopt items #14w CC and #14x CC. Accepted and Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 

14x.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Gary Rosen on behalf of Brenda Davin request traffic enforcement of the one-way direction on Enfield St. into Park Ave: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted and Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14w CC)

 

14y.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition Sean Quinlivan request the "No Parking Here to Corner" sign at the intersection of Whipple St. and Blackstone River Rd. be relocated to allow for proper sight distance to make a left hand turn from Whipple St. onto Blackstone River Rd: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively accept items #14y CC and #14cc CC. Accepted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 

14z.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication relative to the dimensions for parking and loading zone spaces: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14y CC)

 

14aa.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication relative to a legal opinion concerning the City’s liability for installing, or failing to install signs such as “Icy,” “Dangerous,” or “Deaf Child.”: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14y CC)

 

14bb.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication relative to imposing vehicle weight restrictions: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14y CC)

 

14cc.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication relative to a legal opinion concerning the terms "residential street" and "institutional effect," as they are utilized in the Residents Permit Parking Program: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #14y CC)

 

15.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON URBAN TECHNOLOGIES, INNOVATION AND ENVIRONMENT

15a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON URBAN TECHNOLOGIES, INNOVATION AND ENVIRONMENT Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication regarding the replacement of the City's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System project: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively accept items #15a CC and #15c CC. Accepted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 

15b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON URBAN TECHNOLOGIES, INNOVATION AND ENVIRONMENT Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication relative to a Financial System (ERP) replacement: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #15a CC)

 

15c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON URBAN TECHNOLOGIES, INNOVATION AND ENVIRONMENT Upon the Communication of the City Clerk transmitting an informational communication relative to integrating new technologies associated with the city's agenda management system: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #15a CC)

 

16.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

16a.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to funding received to address the impacts of COVID-19. (Tabled Under Privilege - Colorio December 22, 2020)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Russell, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning expenditures the city has made associated with COVID-19.” (See Item #19h CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager and the Chief Financial Officer, who both responded to questions raised by Councilor Mero-Carlson. Councilor Mero-Carlson then moved to, “Request City Manager keep City Council apprised as to when the city submits for FEMA reimbursements associated with COVID-19, what the city is submitting on and if the city is awarded said reimbursements.” (See Item #19i CC). Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to refer the item to Municipal and Legislative Operations Committee. Referred to Municipal and Legislative Operations Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 

16b.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Coes Reservoir – Columbus Park East-West Trail Improvements. (Tabled Under Privilege - King December 22, 2020)

Attachments

Referred to Veterans' Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (Mero-Carlson recused) (See Item #12a CC)

 

17.

TABLED ITEMS

17a.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – That the City Council go on record in favor of supporting the Worcester Bravehearts as they plan for the future. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes August 21, 2018 and Tabled Under Privilege - Petty September 12, 2018 and Tabled - Lukes September 25, 2018)

Attachments

No action taken

 

17b.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell, Councilor Sarai Rivera, Councilor Gary Rosen, Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes, Councilor Khrystian E. King and Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson - Request City Council have the City Council Standing Committees on Public Works and Municipal Operations conduct a joint meeting about the future recommended staffing of the City Council office as well as logistics for office space for staff and City Council. Further, request the joint committee discuss potential recommendations regarding the job description and role of the City Council staff persons and further, encourage other City Councilors who are not members of the joint committee to attend and be included in the conversation. (Tabled - Petty February 26, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

17c.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manger transmitting informational communication relative to a legal opinion as to the jurisdiction of office space and facilities within City Hall. (Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson March 12, 2019; Tabled Under Privilege - Petty March 19, 2019 and Tabled - Petty March 26, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

17d.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes - Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a legal opinion regarding the process of instituting a residential rent control program and the resulting impact of implementing such a program. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes September 17, 2019 and September 24, 2019 and Tabled - Lukes October 15, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

17e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' MEMORIALS, PARKS AND RECREATION Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request restoration and relocation of the Sullivan Memorial located in Melrose St. to a location approximately 50 feet north of its current location: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order. (Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson April 21, 2020 and April 28, 2020 and Tabled - Mero-Carlson May 5, 2020)

Attachments

No action taken

 

17f.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Morris A. Bergman, Councilor Sean M. Rose and Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson - That the Worcester City Council urges our State Delegation and others to pursue the naming in 2020 of the Worcester District Courthouse the “Sarah E. Wall Courthouse”. (Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman June 2, 2020 and June 9, 2020 - Petty and Tabled - Russell June 16, 2020)

Attachments

No action taken

 

17g.

COMMUNICATION of Stephen Herzog, Project Manager at Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc., on behalf of CSX Transportation, Inc. transmitting an informational communication relative to the application of herbicide on the railroad. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty June 9, 2020 and Tabled - Russell June 16, 2020)

Attachments

No action taken

 

17h.

ORDER of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson, Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey, Councilor Sean M. Rose, Councilor Morris A. Bergman, Councilor Matthew E. Wally, Councilor George J. Russell, Councilor Donna M. Colorio, Councilor Gary Rosen and Mayor Joseph M. Petty - Request City Manager support the (re)opening of the City’s licensed cigar and hookah lounges and for the state to amend the classification of these establishments. These establishments can, and should, fit under the guise and parameters set forth as restaurants as they have or will have a common ViC license. (Tabled Under Privilege - Rivera September 8, 2020 and Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson September 15, 2020 and Tabled - Mero-Carlson September 22, 2020)

Attachments

No action taken

 

18.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the December 22, 2020 City Council meeting.

18a.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the options explored as it relates to Coes Reservoir, Hillside Beach, Columbus Park East-West Trail and wetland projects, if any. – Item #12a CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

18b.

ORDER of Councilor Sean M. Rose – Request City Clerk provide City Council with any previously provided information relative to the Coes Reservoir, Hillside Beach, Columbus Park East-West Trail and wetland projects. – Item #12b CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

18c.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell – Request City Manager request City Assessor provide City Council with a report concerning the impact a potential residential, owner occupied exemption for multi-family homes would have on the city. Further, request City Manager request City Assessor include in said report information relative to whether a residential exemption would only have an effect on multi-family homes or if it would impact the entire city. – Item #12c CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

18d.

ORDER of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson – Request City Clerk provide City Council with a report concerning two previously adopted orders as it relates to providing tax exemptions for owner-occupied multifamily homes. – Item #12d CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

18e.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager consider including highlights on abatement portion of the next tax bill to ensure individuals pay attention to the process for filing for an abatement. – Item #12e CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

18f.

ORDER of Councilor Gary Rosen – Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a legal opinion concerning the process for renaming the Elderly Exemption Program to the Senior Exemption Program. – Item #12f CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

18g.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning any authorities, boards or commissions used by Pawtucket to help manage the Paw Sox, as well as any other best practices used by other communities. – Item #12g CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

19.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the January 5, 2021 City Council meeting.

19a.

Motion Petty @ #9.8A CM – Request City Manager begin the process of bringing together a small group of neighborhood representatives, as well as city staff and its representatives, to work with the city’s contractor, Berkshire Design Group, to identify potential improvements to Duffy Field.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #9.8A CM)

 

19b.

Motion King @ #12a CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the language used in both park grants, as well as land and water grants relative to Lakeside Apartment, including information relative to the property’s involvement in funding for said grants.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (Mero-Carlson recused) (See Item #12a CC)

 

19c.

Motion King @ #12a CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether or not the Coes Reservoir – Columbus Park East-West Trail improvements can be completed while still maintaining access to Hillside Beach. Further, request City Manager include in said report mapping depicting the location and distance of the drop-off at Hillside Beach.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (Mero-Carlson absent) (See Item #12a CC)

 

19d.

Motion Rose @ #12a CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the actions that would be required in order to make Hillside Beach a safe place for recreational water activities, including information relative to the costs associated with making those actions.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (Mero-Carlson recused) (See Item #12a CC)

 

19e.

Motion Bergman @ #9.9A CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning any accommodations that could be made for individuals who previously took the Fire Department’s Civil Service test due to there not being a fire class in the next year.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #9.9A CM)

 

19f.

Motion King @ #11e CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a copy of the current “Article X – Continuing Care Retirement Community” section of the City of Worcester Zoning Ordinance.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #11e CC)

 

19g.

Motion Bergman @ #11e CC – Request City Manager work with the Planning Board to provide City Council with a report concerning any existing issues arising at continuing care centers as it relates to the Article X – Continuing Care Retirement Communities section of the Worcester Zoning Ordinance.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #11e CC)

 

19h.

Motion Russell @ #16a CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning expenditures the city has made associated with COVID-19.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #16a CC)

 

19i.

Motion Mero-Carlson @ #16a CC – Request City Manager keep City Council apprised as to when the city submits for FEMA reimbursements associated with COVID-19, what the city is submitting on and if the city is awarded said reimbursements.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent) (See Item #16a CC)

 

19j.

Motion Petty and Rivera – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager request Police Chief provide increased traffic enforcement at the corner of Main St. and Cambridge St.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 

19k.

Motion Rose – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager reach out to the appropriate state entity to ensure that should insignias or signage related to white supremacy groups or another other hate groups be found in the city on state property, the city is able to remove said insignias and signage.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

 

19l.

Motion King – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning any information the city has gathered relative to signage appearing in the city relative to white supremacy groups or another other hate groups.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)